Colon Cancer Awareness

(Photo by Ron Richter)
(Photo by Ron Richter)

There have been a number of events going on in and around Sheridan this month to help raise awareness for colon cancer, as March is designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.

Information compiled from the Colon Cancer Alliance shows that colon cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.

Wyoming Cancer Resource Services Program Manager Julia Bettinger says that early detection is the key, as screening can prevent colon cancer by finding and removing polyps before they become cancer.

Dana Townsend, who's a survivor of the disease, says that the “fear” is what keeps most people from getting screened.

In an effort to raise funds for Dana's Hope, a Sheridan organization focused on Colon Cancer Awareness, there will be a “Bottoms Up Bash” this Saturday night from 7 to midnight at the Historic Sheridan Inn. Admission is $10 and will include live entertainment, food, drinks and giveaways. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend the event.

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